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Salafi Scholars On Celebrating Youm-ul-Watani (National Day)

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

إِنَّمَا يَخْشَى اللَّهَ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ الْعُلَمَاءُ

..It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allaah… 35:28

Salafi Scholars On Celebrating Youm-ul-Watani (National Day)



All praise is for Allaah, Lord of all the Worlds, who ordered us to follow His Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and to call to His Way, and may Allaah send praises and blessings of peace upon our Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), and upon his family, his Companions, and those who truly follow them until the Day of Judgment.

Whenever Salafi Scholars prohibit Ahlul Bid’aaWal Hawa (people of innovation and desires) from inventing and practicing new matters in deen, instead of taking advice these people come up with strange and silly objections displaying their compound ignorance.

One such objection is that, if celebrating Milad-un-Nabi “Prophet’s Birthday” incorrect then how come celebrating National Day is correct according to the Islamic Shari’ah?

Before replying and presenting the verdict of the Salafi Scholars on celebrating National Day, we would like to highlight the status of Scholars.

AllaahTa’ala hasclearly stated that, the most fearful of Allaah among mankind is Ulama (Scholars) due to their knowledge of Deen.

AllaahTa’ala has made the Scholars inheritors of the Prophets; they explain to people their religious duties and enlighten them. They spend their lives in learning & teaching knowledge, passing Scholarly judgments, seeking little from this world. Thus, the ignorant must revert to the Scholars to learn the Haq (Truth).

Now, with regard the issue of Celebrating National Day, a lengthy question was asked to the Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta` Saudi Arabia, regarding the Islamic ruling of Celebrating Milad-un-Nabi , Mothers day and National day ..

This question was answered by Shaykh `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz & Shaykh `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify (rahmatullah alayhim) in the below manner.

Fatwa No. 9403 www.alifta.com http://goo.gl/FbPFBA Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta` Saudi Arabia.

Firstly : `Eid (festival) means in Arabic what Ya’ud (comes again) of gatherings on a habitual manner. It may come again in a year, a month, or a week. Therefore, the word ‘Eid means a day that comes again as `Eid-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast) or Friday, the gathering on that day and what is done of acts or worship and habits on that day.

Secondly : Anything that is meant to worship Allah, seek to be closer to Him to get reward through doing so or anything meant to be similar to disbelievers and the like is a Bid’ah that is included in the saying of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) : “He who innovates things in our affairs for which there is no valid (reason) (commits sin) and these are to be rejected.” This Hadith was reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim. Celebrating the Prophet’s Mawlid, Mother’s Day, and National Day fall into this category.

The first one includes an act of worship that was not legislated by Allah. Moreover, it contains similarity to Christians and other disbelievers. The second and the third are prohibited as it is imitating disbelievers. Whatever is in the interest of the Ummah (nation) and arranging its affairs as the week of the traffic, arranging the times of studying, holding meetings with employees to arrange work and the like are not acts of worship, they are of the innovated habits that are not included in the saying of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) : “He who innovates things in our affairs for which there is no valid (reason) (commits sin) and these are to be rejected.” Then, there will be no blame in doing so.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

Abu Mariyah Junaid Bin Munawar Bin Ali Al-Hindi


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“And whosoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follow other than the believers way, We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in the hell-what and evil destination (4 : 115)

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